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No Chandler, Stoudemire in All Star game

Carmelo Anthony won't be joined by any of his teammates in the All-Star Game.

The NBA announced the reserves for the All-Star game and neither Amare Stoudemire nor Tyson Chandler made the cut. The reserves are voted on by NBA coaches.

It's no surprise that Stoudemire didn't make it. He's having a subpar season, putting up career-lows in points (18.3) and shooting percentage (44.7).

Last season, Stoudemire averaged 25 points per game on 50 percent shooting.

Chandler had a much stronger All-Star candidacy. The Knicks' big ticket free agent is averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting close to 70 percent from the floor.

Chandler has also been the anchor of an improved Knicks defense. Last year, New York was in the bottom of most defensive statistical categories. Entering play Friday, Mike D'Antoni's club ranked 10th in defensive efficiency, a measure of points allowed per 100 possessions.

It's entirely possible that the coaches didn't want to put two Knicks on the All-Star team, considering the team's 11-15 record.

Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets) were named as Eastern reserves. Anthony was voted in by the fans as a starter earlier this month.

He is currently sidelined with a groin injury and is expected to return later this month, in time for the game (Feb. 26 in Orlando).

Stoudemire has been out for the past two games to be with his family after his older brother, Hazell, died in a car crash on Monday morning. Stoudemire is expected to miss Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers and Saturday's road game against Minnesota. The team believes Stoudemire will return to practice on Monday.